Lawson’s Noto Dainagon and Matcha cheese tart– A conbini sweets new product review.

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Get ready for the latest info on popular sweets available at your local conbini (the official Japanese abbreviation for convenience store)! The writer taste-tests and reviews new conbini sweets, letting us know which ones are the most note-worthy.
This time the writer reviews Lawson’s “Noto Dainagon and Matcha cheese tart”, a new dessert released on the 3rd of April 2017.

Noto Dainagon and Matcha cheese tart

Product name in Japanese
Available at
195 yen (Tax incl.)
Sale date
April 3, 2017
199 kcal

HANABATAKE BOKUJO is a sweets company made famous for their fresh caramel candies.
Over the years, Lawson has offered a few kinds of tarts made by HANABATAKE BOKUJO which sold very well.
When I found that they had produced a new tart, of course I jumped at the opportunity to try one.

Beautiful Matcha green, and the shiny red beans! How enticing!
Noto Dainagon red beans were used for the toppings. They're produced in the Oku Noto area (Nothern part of Noto peninsula) of Ishikawa prefecture. They are bigger than standard red beans and are known for their vivid red color. For that reason Noto Dainagon is often used in the world of expensive Japanese traditional sweets.

HANABATAKE BOKUJO is also known for their award winning cheeses made from Hokkaido fresh milk. For this dessert, their Mascarpone cheese was used to make the Matcha cream. I must add that the Matcha was from Tsujiriichi Honten as well. A mighty combination!

There were a few Dainagon red beans inside the Matcha cheese cream as well.
Between the Matcha cream and the crust, I found a layer of almond filling!

The crust was soft, I had to be careful not to crush it.
The Matcha cream was a fluffy texture with an elegant Matcha after taste. The cheese didn’t have a strong taste or smell, so it’s mildness enhanced the Matcha flavor.
I love the blend of almond and Matcha in my mouth!
The red beans were subtly sweet.
This was a real treat for me. I recommend this dessert for that special “time to reward myself” moment!